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Cage’s 736-Game Streak May End

April 15, 1998

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The fourth-longest consecutive game playing steak in NBA history will likely end at 736 games after Michael Cage injured his hamstring.

Cage, who has not missed a game since 1989, strained his left hamstring and was forced to leave the floor early in the fourth quarter of the New Jersey Nets 96-92 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.

Nets spokesman John Mertz said Cage, 36, would not accompany the Nets to Charlotte for Wednesday night’s game with the Hornets and ``it’s safe to say the streak is over.″

Cage remained in the trainer’s room after the game and Mertz told the media that the center would rather not talk about the injury.

While Cage left the game in the fourth quarter, it’s not clear when he was hurt. Early in the third quarter his left foot made contract with the knee of Toronto forward John Wallace and Cage limped after the play.

Cage left the game with 7:41 left in the third quarter. He started the fourth but he left the court with 10:06 to play.

A.C. Green of Dallas holds the NBA record for consecutive games at 945 after Tuesday night. Randy Smith is second at 906 and Johnny Kerr third at 844.

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